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Carpenter / Laborer



Carpenter/Laborers are responsible for implementing general maintenance, mechanical, and carpentry duties.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Unload, carry and stack material and place tool and equipment in position
  • Clean for general maintenance
  • Operate wheel loaders, forklifts, skid steers, and similar equipment
  • Assist operations personnel, maintenance personnel and supervisors as needed
  • Build or wooden fixtures used in buildings, using woodworking machines, carpenter's hand tools, and power tools.
  • Select and order lumber and other required materials
  • Assemble and fasten materials to make framework
  • Read and interpret blue prints, assembly instructions and similar directions
  • Work with and/or remove hazardous material
  • Perform minor plumbing, welding and/or concrete mixing work
  • Other manual duties as directed


What education and training is required?

A high school diploma with additional certifications depending on area of specialty is required.


To pursue a career as an Carpenter/Laborer:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, a focus on science, and mathematics.


Typical Employers: 

Employed by food processing companies, meat processing companies, research firms, agronomic facilities, as well as environmental agencies.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Carpenter/Laborers is projected to be good.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • International Association of Electrical
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • American Wood Council
  • American Institute of Constructors
  • National Association of Women in Construction


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